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Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
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Oct 28, 2009

did not like it
Read in January, 2005

The idea of this book - a woman who just walks away from her family during at beach vacation - was very intriguing. Who hasn't thought about getting in a car and driving away at some point? But the direction of the story meanders and I despised the ending. It seemed like Tyler just got tired of writing it and didn't know how to resolve the plot. There was no feeling of some essential insight gained by the main character. This critical flash of insight, a culmination of all that's gone before, is a hallmark of Tyler's novels. I kept waiting for it in this novel, but Tyler stood me up.

This is the only novel by Tyler I don't recommend to people. If you're a big Anne Tyler fan and have a passion to read absolutely every one of her books, then get this one from the public library.

If you've never read Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant or The Accidental Tourist are much better works.

The only book I ever bought on a business trip, then threw in the trash!
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Ruth Cuadra Agreed!

Tcbelli exactly!!!

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